About Us


The ECE Department attracts some of the top faculty researchers from academia and industry. Research in the Department is categorized into four focus areas: Communications & Signal Processing, Computer Engineering, Control Systems, and Electronics & Photonics. ECE faculty partner their research efforts with industry, government, outside academic institutions, other UCSB departments, and in the Department.

Graduate Studies

The Department offers both Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The Department has 3 types of degree programs (M.S., M.S. / Ph.D., or Ph.D.) with emphases in Communications, Control & Signal Processing, Computer Engineering, and Electronics & Photonics.

Undergraduate Studies

The ECE department offers programs with degrees of Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering. The curriculum in EE is designed to provide students with a solid background in mathematics, physical sciences and electrical engineering.

A wide range of program options are available including communications, control systems, signal processing, computer engineering, microwaves, and semiconductor devices and applications.

ECE Department Facts & Figures

The ECE Department was established in 1962 and is the largest of the five academic departments in the College of Engineering.

Research Funding

(3-year Annual Avg. 2016-2019)

  • Total: $23.3 million
  • Government: $18.8 million
  • Corporate: $3.8 million
  • Other: $0.7 million

Faculty and Staff

  • 40 Tenured / Tenure-Track Faculty
  • 4 Adjunct / Visiting Faculty
  • 12 Affiliated Faculty
  • 22 Emeritus Professors
  • 2 Lecturers
  • 46 Staff Members

Faculty Awards & Honors

  • 2 Nobel Prize (Kroemer & Nakamura)
  • 1 IEEE Medal of Honor (Kroemer)
  • 2 National Medal of Technology (Gossard & Culler)
  • 5 National Academy of Science (5 emeriti)
  • 15 National Academy of Engineering (6 active)
  • 39 IEEE Fellows (23 active)
  • 7 AAAS Fellows (1 active)
  • 20 NSF Career Awards (16 active)
  • 5 NSF PYI / NYI Young Investigators (5 active)

Academic Statistics

Enrollment (Fall 2019)

  • 213 Graduate
  • 283 EE Undergraduates
  • 259 Computer Engineering Undergraduates

Degrees (2018-2019)

  • 61 Master's Degrees
  • 24 Ph.D. Degrees
  • 62 B.S. Electrical Engineering
  • 51 B.S. Computer Engineering

Giving to ECE

We invite you to make a gift to ECE — your generosity is instrumental in our ability to educate the next generation of leaders whose future endeavors will have a profound impact on society.

Funding opportunities include:

unrestricted support, the Roger Wood Endowment, undergraduate lab renovations, endowed chair establishment, Petar V. Kokotovic Distinguished Visiting Professorship, Capstone Senior Project

Invest in ECE:

Unrestricted gifts to the Department and the Roger C. Wood Endowment can be made by visiting UCSB's Giving to ECE pages.

For more information or to designate your gift within the Department, please contact:

Steve Ramirez, Lead Director of Development for Engineering
Engineering and the Sciences Development
UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6035
Office (805) 893-4579 / Cell: 805/729-2463 / Fax: (805) 893-5821

Thank you for supporting UCSB ECE